A tribute video:
It has been more than 40 years since Buzz Aldrin made history stepping onto the surface of the moon. Since then, he has spent less time thinking about the moon and more time about humankind’s next giant leap: Mars.
In Buzz Aldrin’s new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, the veteran astronaut lays out his plans for what would he believes would be “an American-led permanent human presence on Mars by 2035.” Aldrin addresses the inevitable technological and financial issues, and suggests how we could solve many of them. The issue most emphasized by Aldrin is our lack of political will and leadership. “There’s no doubt who was a leader in space after the Apollo Program. Nobody came close to us. And our education system, in science, technology, engineering and math, was at the top of the world. It’s no longer there. We’re descending rather rapidly.”
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Check out Buzz Aldrin’s new book: http://buzzaldrin.com/latest-buzz/mission-to-mars-book/
NASA to Pay $70 Million a Seat to Fly Astronauts on Soyuz
On July 8, 2011, Americans witnessed the launch of STS-135, the 135th and final mission of the Space Shuttle Program. Since the completion of the Space Shuttle Program, NASA has relied upon the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, for the launch and safe return of astronauts to and from the International Space Station aboard its Soyuz spacecraft. In spite of ISS operations being a collaborative effort between multiple space agencies around the world, it’s ironic that NASA — who is responsible for a large chunk of the funding and administration for the space station — has to rely upon an expensive Soyuz “taxi ride” in order to send American astronauts into space.
Read our latest blog post: http://www.penny4nasa.org/2013/05/17/nasa-to-pay-70-million-a-seat-to-fly-astronauts-on-soyuz/